Monday, July 11, 2011

How Heavy Can it Be?

You'll never guess who was an early heavy metal artist.  No, not him.  Billy Joel!  While you retrieve your jaw from the floor, let me offer proof:  According to Sound of the beast : the complete headbanging history of heavy metal , Joel played organ on the heavy-metal songs "Amplifier Fire" and "Tear this Castle Down".  You can see a picture of the cover of this album, Attila, on that YouTube thing. Less mind-blowing facts:  Lester Bangs, legendary Rolling Stone critic, was the first to call the music heavy metal.  Black Sabbath is generally acknowledged as the first heavy metal band (1970), and while Ozzy Osbourne is pretty goofy now, "Uptown Girl" anyone?  Not that there's anything wrong with that. 
Black Sabbath

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